Mette Lampcov is a freelance documentary photographer from Denmark, and is currently based in Los Angeles. She studied fine art in London, England and after moving to the United States 13 years ago, studied photography and journalism...
In one year alone California has seen yet larger and more destructive fires, according to CAL FIRE, more than twice as many acres have burned in California to date in 2017 than in 2016 for the same time period. In 2018 cal fire stated that there had been 6228 wildfires and 876,124 acres burnt compared to 321,422 burnt in 2017. What California is seeing is the direct effects of Climate Change. The Woolsey fire burnt 96,949 acres. The fires that have burnt in California in 2018 have released 68 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the Camp and Woolsey fire alone produced 5,5 million tons of carbon dioxide according to a preliminary analysis by the USGS.
California is seeing and feeling the impact of rising temperatures caused by man made climate change, as business as usual output of CO2’s are affecting people’s lives and their surrounding landscapes.
Historic droughts are taking their toll, affecting food security and water availability, altering the landscape and causing more aggressive fires that have destroyed thousands of homes just in the last year, while in the Sierra Nevada mountains 149 million trees have died.
The project has for the past 3 years been documenting what this looks like and its effects on different people and communities around the state.